The data track Nintendo Switch 's small Joy-Con controllers are suitable for simple multiplayer games ( drift problems apart from ),but the biggest Nintendo Switch Pro controller is much better for more demanding games. With the actual grips,the Switch Pro controller is more comfortable and its full D-pad and larger buttons help you find the right ones commands when vou are in the heat of the moment. All Nintendo controller features such as HD Rumble,NFC for Amiibo scanning and motion controls are supported and work wired or wireless. It 's great,but it is also priced between $ 60- $ 70.
There are a number of third party Switch Pro type controllers which are available at a lower price. We tested several options to find the best Switch controller you can buy right now. Nintendo ' s official game controller still leads the way in terms comfort and button-like feel,but some of these alternatives come close.
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There are some advantages to using a third-party Switch Pro controller besides a lower price. For example,some have a Turbo button for faster rates of fire or mappable buttons to make certain controls easier to trigger. In addition,some of the ones we have chosen can be used with Windows, MacOS and Android too. We are updating this list as we are trying new products. For even more options, see GameSpot recommendations .
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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Sarah Tew /
Like I said above,if you can afford to buy the official Switch Pro controller,do it. It 's the best you can get right now in terms of comfort,performance and features. And if you need to buy more than one controller ,maybe get this one for yourself and one of the cheapest options below for visiting friends and family. See at Best Buy
PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller Sarah Tew /
The PowerA wireless controller comes closer to the feel and design of Nintendo's Pro Controller,and you can normally get it for $ 40 to $ 50,depending on the design,from Amazon ,Best Buy and other sources. The PowerA the controllerwireless does not have H D Rumble,IR or Amiibo NFC support like Switch Pro controller does,but it has motion controls. It's also available in game-themed versions,including new releases with Grookey,Sobble,and Scorbunny (photo) from Pokemon Sword and Shield .
Its only added functionality is two extra buttons at the bottom of the controller that can be mapped on the fly. It runs on AA size batteries which some people don 't like. I understand this,but I like notworrying about running out of power while playing and using rechargeable AAs so as not to burn disposables. Also,since the battery is not built-in,you don't have to throw away the controller once the battery stops holding a charge. See on Amazon
Beboncool Switch Controller Pro Sarah Tew /
Many third-party controllers omit certain features of the Nintendo Switch Pro controller,such as the Amiibo NFC feature,vibration or motion control. The Beboncool,which normally sells for around $ 30,has them all and a customizable Turbo button - and that's about half the price. I'm not a fan of the separate buttons for the D. -pad and buttons are a bit runny in general,but performance and overall quality is good for the money. See on Amazon
8BitDo SN30 Pro Plus Bluetooth gamepad Sarah Tew /
If you want to customize,this bluetooth controller is for you. Using 8BitDo 's Ultimate software ,you can remap buttons,adjust stick and trigger sensitivity also as vibration control,and easily create macros for complicated button combinations. The controls on the left are inverted sorte that the layout looks more like a PlayStation controller,but everything looks good and responsive. It's also comfortable,although the black over-black design makes the button labels almost impossible to see,but other colors are available .
The 8BitDo SN30 Pro Plus Bluetooth Gamepad,which normally sells for $ 50,works with the Nintendo Switch console,Android,Windows,and MacOS. Another cool feature: Its rechargeable battery can be easily replaced with a new one so you can keep playing if the included one runs out or no longer holds a charge. See on Amazon
PowerA Nano improved wireless controller Josh Goldman /
It 's like normal PowerA Enhanced controller,except smaller. The See on GameStop
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8BitDo SN30 Pro Bluetooth gamepad Sarah Tew /
Want something a little more retro,but not as retro as a joystick or arcade stick? The ergonomic design of The SN30 bluetooth gamepad makes it a more travel-friendly alternative to the Nintendo Switch Pro controller. And there are no soft buttons here: everything feels firm and responsive. It can also be programmed for use with Android,Windows and MacOS. See at Best Buy
PowerA Fusion Wireless Arcade Stick for Switch Josh Goldman /
This controller is great fun for fighting games. It is wireless,powered by two AA batteries,but can also be used hard-wired with the cable that tucks into the base. The dome-shaped buttons have a solid tactile feel and register even if your fingers land on their edges. The joystick moves smoothly without being floppy ,but it clicks in all directions like buttons.Also,to compensate for having only one stick,there is a switch on the top left that allows you to change the function of the joystick to act like the right stick or an 8-way d-pad.
The top and sides of the controller are plastic,but the base is l and the whole thing is over 5lb heavyvres - it does not move while you are playing. You can even customize its look: the clear plastic top is removable and you can download a template to print out a new design for the top (another color option comes with the Fusion,too). While its initial price of $ 130 was in high demand,the data the current price of $ 65 is a steal. See on Amazon
Horipad Nintendo Switch wired controller Josh Goldman /
It's hardwired,but the $ 20 Horipad is one of the more comfortable controllers we've tested,and its knobs and buttons sticks are also nice. But,although it has a Turbo button,it lacks vibration and movement control. Its D-pad is not a real pad,but a plastic part that clicks into place. on four discrete buttons. It works fine,but the fact that it is a wired controller might be a deciding factor for some. Currently the black version of the controller is hard to find at its normal price but you can find it in blue and red . See at Walmart
Insten Wireless Pro Controller Josh Goldman /
Insten reports to " You get what you pay for "for me but,for what it's worth,it's my 8 and 10 year old favorite. It 's just a basic wireless controller with aggressive double shock vibration. It ' s comfortable but feels cheap and flimsy. To be fair,however,the controller survived a high speed altercation with my TV and I can't say the same for the TV.The best part about the Inten is the price,especially if you want Multiple controllers: you can buy a two-packfor less than $ 50. See at Walmart
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